After Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden because of what had seemed a small sin, all generations to come would be under the curse of sin. Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve, were born with the same choice to obey or disobey God as their parents. Sadly, they made wrong choices, too. God knew their hearts, just like He knows ours, and after Cain murdered his brother, God drove him from His presence. We are all children of Adam. We all have the same sinful nature, and we are all driven from the presence of God. But He has a plan, and if we turn to Jesus Christ we will be forgiven.
God, I know sometimes I do things for the wrong reasons. You know my heart better than I do. Please help me to see myself the way You do, and help me fix the things I need to change. Help me to be loving and kind to everyone I know. I love You and want to do things Your way.
For discussion: Why did Cain murder Abel? Since we’re all under the curse of sin, can we help it if we do wrong? Do you ever think or say bad things about your brother or sister or friends? Are you glad God knows your heart? Why? Have the children secretly write out something nice they can do for their brother or sister (or other relative or friend if they have no siblings) during this Christmas season. Set a time to discuss what they did and how they believe God used it.
Seek & Find Answer to the question in the painting above:
The shadow of the Cross of Salvation is on the rock beside Cain.